In wake of mother's lawsuit, Boone school district addresses bullying
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 8:15pm
BOONVILLE - Boonville school district superintendent Sarah Marriott said that communities need to understand bullying doesn't stop when kids leave school.
The school district started a community Bullying Advisory Committee that works to engage families in conversation about bullying in 2016.
UPDATE: Immigrant charged with murder in Mollie Tibbetts case
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 5:43pm
MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities said on Tuesday that they have charged a man living in the U.S. illegally with murder in the death of an Iowa college student who disappeared a month ago while jogging in a rural area.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn said that Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was charged with murder in the death of Mollie Tibbetts.
AP Sources: Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump in hush-money scheme
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 5:01pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to influence the election.
Cohen's account appears to implicate Trump himself in a crime, though whether — or when — a president can be prosecuted remains a matter of legal dispute.
AP Sources: Manafort guilty of 8 counts; mistrial on 10
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 4:55pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty of eight financial crime charges in the first trial victory for special counsel Robert Mueller's team.
A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict.
Farmer questions if Parson's drought assistance program is enough
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 4:53pm
FAYETTE – A mid-Missouri farmer said he is unsure Gov. Mike Parson's drought assistance program for farmers will be enough.
86 Missouri counties are seeing the effects of the drought, but in mid-Missouri, Howard County’s drought is the most intense.
Missouri aims at government transparency with new financial website
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 4:32pm
JEFFERSON CITY - If Missouri residents wanted to get information about the state's finances, they would have to go through multiple sources to get what they need. According to Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, that all changes today.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Treasurer Schmitt announced the launch of ShowMeCheckbook.mo.gov, calling it the "next generation of financial data transparency tools in Missouri." The website is a one-stop-shop to get information about expenditures, revenue, payroll, liabilities and cash flow.
Coast Guard refers duck boat case for criminal investigation
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 4:26pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has referred the investigation into last month's deadly sinking of a Missouri tourist boat to federal prosecutors.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Novak on Tuesday confirmed a report first published by the Kansas City Star that the case was referred to the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City on Aug. 13.
Don Ledford of the U.S. attorney's office says the referral is "to consider a potential criminal investigation and federal prosecution."
UPDATE: Library officials "dismayed" after sex offender accused of filming patrons
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 3:33pm
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a man with sexual misconduct on Sunday after patrons at the Columbia Public Library said he was acting suspiciously.
The executive director of the library, Margaret Conroy, said a patron approached library staff and said his wife noticed a man, now identified as James Tharp, appeared to be filming people in the children's area.
AP sources: Cohen in talks to strike plea deal in fraud case
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 2:25pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were pursuing negotiations with prosecutors that could result in a plea deal and a court hearing was set for Tuesday afternoon, according to two people familiar with the financial fraud investigation.
If a deal is struck, Cohen would plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan and agree to cooperate with the government, said the people, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the case.
Sen. Claire McCaskill to meet with US Supreme Court nominee
Posted on 21 August 2018 at 2:04pm
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is slated to meet with President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
The Democrat will meet with Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. She faces a tough battle for re-election this year in a state Trump won by 19 points.